Hemorrhoids, which occur when the veins in and around the anal sphincter become inflamed, are a common affliction. They can cause painful bowel movements, and in some cases there can be bleeding. Hemorrhoids are caused by not eating enough fiber, sitting on the toilet too long and straining to have a bowel movement, to name a few reasons. Remedies containing the spice turmeric have been used for hundreds of years to treat hemorrhoids.
Turmeric and Petroleum Jelly
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, which may be why it is a good treatment for hemorrhoids, because this condition is characterized by inflamed veins around the anus and inside the rectum. Mix an ointment of 1 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. petroleum jelly. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, the resulting ointment should be applied to the hemorrhoids prior to a bowel movement. The turmeric will assist in healing any fissures that may have developed as a result of the hemorrhoids, and the petroleum jelly lubricates the rectum and anus, making it easier to pass stools.
Turmeric and Aloe Vera Gel
Another home remedy made from turmeric that can be helpful is an ointment made from turmeric and aloe vera gel. Mix together 1/2 tsp. turmeric and 1 tbsp. aloe vera gel. Once the ointment has been mixed together, apply it to the anus before going to bed. The turmeric will help to heal fissures and reduce inflammation, while the aloe vera gel will soothe the inflamed tissues associated with hemorrhoids.
Turmeric and Ghee
A final remedy for hemorrhoids that uses turmeric is one that combines turmeric and ghee. Ghee is a clarified butter that is used in Indian cooking and can be purchased in the ethnic food sections of some supermarkets or at ethnic food stores. For this home remedy, mix 1 tsp. ghee with 1/2 tsp. turmeric. This mixture should be applied to the hemorrhoids before bed for three nights. Do not apply it for the next two nights. Repeat this cycle until hemorrhoids are gone.
Turmeric can easily stain clothes and skin. Wear your oldest clothes when using these home remedies. Any stains on the skin will disappear within two to three weeks once remedies containing turmeric are discontinued.